Bowness Summer

Bowness Park Rentals

Rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats or ride the train around the park.

Stay Informed About Our Operational Status

Whether we're open, temporarily closed due to conditions or closed - by checking our live calendar here

The University of Calgary Outdoor Centre works with the City of Calgary to operate the boathouse, train rides and skate rentals at Bowness Park. We enjoy being part of fun, family-friendly activities that are truly part of the Calgary experience.

The Outdoor Centre, part of the Faculty of Kinesiology, has been renting gear and teaching outdoor skills for over 40 years. Our goal is to provide you the experience, knowledge, and equipment you need to make outdoor activity a regular part of your active lifestyle. With our experienced team of coordinators and thousands of satisfied users every year, we're confident that we can provide you a memorable outdoor experience.

Bowness Boathouse

Summer Boathouse and Mini-Train

Bring the family down to Bowness Park and paddle the lagoon or ride the mini-train. It's a Calgary tradition.

Bowness Skating

Winter Skate & Ski Shop

Skating on the lagoon is fun for the whole family. Stop by the skate shop to rent skates and ice bikes, or new this year, cross-country skis. 

In the News

Bowness Park mini-train back on track

The miniature train so fondly remembered by generations of Calgarians has returned to Bowness Park thanks to a group of restoration experts determined to see the legacy live on.


Cross-Country Skiing In and Around Calgary

Cross-country skiing is easy to learn, inexpensive to get started, and a great way to explore a new place. That’s what makes it such a popular outdoor winter activity.